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- mystery /ˈmɪstəri/ (n.) something that is not known
- warn /ˈwoɚn/ (vb.) to tell someone to do or not to do something in order to avoid danger or trouble
- strike /ˈstraɪk/ (vb.) to hit someone or something in a forceful way
- hit it off /ˈhɪt ˈɪt ˈɑ:f/ (idiom) to quickly become good friends with someone
- threaten /ˈθrɛtn̩/ (vb.) to say that you will harm someone or do something unpleasant or unwanted especially in order to make someone do what you want
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(1)Every week at this time we tell the story of words and expressions used in American English. Some of them are old. Some are new. Together, they form the living speech of the American people.
(2)Some popular expressions are a mystery. No one is sure how they developed. One of these is the expression, carry a chip on your shoulder. A person with a chip on his shoulder is a problem for anybody who must deal with him. He seems to be expecting trouble. Sometimes he seems to be saying, “I’m not happy about anything, but what are you going to do about it?”
(3)A chip is a small piece of something, like a chip of wood. How did this chip get on a person’s shoulder? Well, experts say the expression appears to have been first used in the United States more than one hundred years ago.
(4)One writer believes that the expression might have come from an old saying. The saying warns against striking too high, or a chip might fall into your eye. That could be good advice. If you strike high up on a tree with an axe, the chip of wood that is cut off will fall into your eye. The saying becomes a warning about the dangers of attacking people who are in more important positions than you are.
(5)Later, in the United States, some people would put a real chip on their shoulder as a test. They wanted to start a fight. They would wait for someone to be brave enough to try to hit it off.
(6)The word chip appears in a number of special American expressions. Another is chip off the old block. This means that a child is exactly like a parent.
(7)This expression goes back at least to the early sixteen hundreds. The British writer of plays, George Colman, wrote these lines in seventeen sixty-two. “You’ll find him his father’s own son, I believe. A chip off the old block, I promise you!”
(8)The word chip can also be used in a threatening way to someone who is suspected of wrongdoing. An investigator may say, “We’re going to let the chips fall where they may.” This means the investigation is going to be complete and honest. It is also a warning that no one will be protected from being found guilty.
(9)Chips are often used in card games. They represent money. A poker player may, at any time, decide to leave the game. He will turn in his chips in exchange for money or cash.
(10)This leads to another meaning. A person who finished or died was said to have cashed in his chips. Which is a way of saying it is time for me to finish this program.
*Let’s talk about the article base on the questions below
- What are some of the expressions that you usually use everyday?Cite at least 3 and give instances wherein you use these expressions.
- Create your own expression. Give its meaning and cite an example on how to use this expression.
- How do expressions help individuals improve their English fluency skills?
*Let’s make English compositions using the words from the article.
EX) The saying warns against striking too high, or a chip might fall into your eye.
(2) hit it off
EX) They would wait for someone to be brave enough to try to hit it off.